Global commercial availability from Jan '06
Mamiya is probably not a name that readily springs to mind (at least outside the photography enthusiast), but it has been around for more than 60 years and is making considerable waves with its latest digital camera.
The ZD is a medium format D-SLR that shoots at a whopping 22 megapixels (21.50 effective), with photos reproduced at 4008 x 5344 pixels. Despite this, the body still manages to resemble a standard 35mm D-SLR. This is largely due to the Dalsa 36 x 48mm image sensor it utilises.
Elsewhere, the rest of the technology is equally impressive. The company’s own exclusive 14bit A/D (analogue to digital) converter enables the camera to record 12bit images at 1.5fps, lightening quick for a camera of this category. A 1.8in LCD offers image previews and it swallows CF and SD storage cards, a wise price/capacity choice. Connectivity is via FireWire and though that may seem a little Mac-centric the company’s ‘Digital Photo Studio’ software will work on a PC as well. Should you need to expand you repertoire of shots, the ZD is also fully compatible with Mamiya’s 645AF lenses.
Out in Japan this month, the ZD will flash over to these shores in January. No word on pricing yet, which is probably a good thing for those of you with a nervous disposition.